Margaret Atwood ponders fantasy and George Orwell in 'Old Babes in the Wood' : NPR's Book of the Day Margaret Atwood has been writing for a long time – and as she tells NPR's Leila Fadel, the world looks very different today than it did when she started. Her new collection of short stories, Old Babes in the Wood, provides different approaches to the passing of time. There's a couple that's facing the realities of aging; there's a conversation with George Orwell, who Atwood says drastically changed her life; and there's even a parallel reality to the author's 1985 dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale, where men are the ones being controlled.

Margaret Atwood ponders aging, fantasy and George Orwell in 'Old Babes in the Wood'

Margaret Atwood ponders aging, fantasy and George Orwell in 'Old Babes in the Wood'

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Margaret Atwood has been writing for a long time – and as she tells NPR's Leila Fadel, the world looks very different today than it did when she started. Her new collection of short stories, Old Babes in the Wood, provides different approaches to the passing of time. There's a couple that's facing the realities of aging; there's a conversation with George Orwell, who Atwood says drastically changed her life; and there's even a parallel reality to the author's 1985 dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale, where men are the ones being controlled.